Strutting their Stuff

Chitrangada Singh

Gowns and dresses made a splash at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards

When Jacqueline Fernandez arrived on the red carpet at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards on January 12, she made heads turn. She sported a bouffant and light make-up except for bright red lipstick, but it was her black Kandyan sari, designed by Sri Lankan designer Darshi Keerthisena, that set her apart. "This is a traditional Sri Lankan sari and I have been wanting to wear one for a while now," said Fernandez.

Her sari was different alright it had no pleats, instead a sequinned band that lent her outfit a peplum effect. The ornate pallu kissed the floor while a black midriff-baring blouse and a Bottega Veneta clutch completed the look.

Film awards ceremonies maybe all about celebrating talent, but they are also about soaking in some fashion. As in previous years, gowns and dresses ruled the red carpet this year too.

Leading the glam brigade was Deepika Padukone in an emerald gown by Dolce and Gabbana. Roberto Cavalli emerged as the designer du jour, with Chitrangada Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Genelia D'Souza Deshmukh opting for his gowns.

While Singh sizzled in a cream gown, black appeared to be the most popular colour of the night. Both Chopra and D'Souza Deshmukh wore black for the function. As did Katrina Kaif, who turned up in a black Naeem Khan off-shoulder gown and Sonali Bendre, who was clad in a Shahab Durazi gown with a net bodice and a dupatta. Parineeti Chopra, too, flaunted a black Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensemble. Sonakshi Sinha went bold with a black-and-gold feathery Falguni and Shane Peacock creation.

Also looking ravishing were Aditi Rao Hydari and Yami Gautam. Rao Hydari switched to princess glam with a pristine white Gauri and Nainika gown, while Gautam was swathed in a green Carmen Marc Volvo dress with snake print. Backless silhouettes dominated the red-carpet right from Shruti Haasan in a bright purple Amit GT dress and Sunny Leone in a white Rohit Verma creation to Ameesha Patel in a Ramona Narang outfit and Malaika Arora Khan in a lacy number.

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